Teaching geography is a hard endeavor for a couple of reasons.

Teaching geography is a hard endeavor for a couple of reasons.

First, asking students to memorize the major cities of every Asian nation isn't easy when they can't use an unlabeled map to give them a clue as to where these hubs may be located. Second, testing their knowledge of land and water formations is much more difficult when asked to pair one-word names with long-winded descriptions.

With help from a roll laminator 

Whether you're using maps describing mountains, buttes, rivers or gorges, allowing students to identify these formations on an unlabeled map could help them study. The same concept is applicable to teaching them about the major cities of the world. 

With the aid of a CSL2700 27" roll laminator from USI, you'll provide your pupils with the freedom to mark different spots on your map without damaging them! Think of how awesome it would be to present your students with an unmarked map of Southeast Asia, allowing them to pinpoint where each major city is and name them. 

Want to launch a creative history lesson? The world's borders have changed quite a bit over the past two centuries. One way you could educate your students about changing nations and border developments is by asking them to draw out national boundaries during certain periods. For instance, asking your pupils to draw out European countries in 1800, 1850 and 1900 will help provide another layer of context as to how the continent evolved into what it is today. 

Identifying landforms and water bodies

Can your students name the differences between a channel and a river? How about a gulf and a bay? Do they have any idea what an isthmus is? Don't have an answer to any of these questions? 

This particular facet of geography can be quite difficult for students to learn because of the ambiguities between different landforms and water bodies. Presenting them with a laminated map and allowing them to name marshes, wetlands, prairies, lagoons and so forth creates a reinforces a physical description of them. You can even go one step further and ask them to explain why they identified a particular land mass as a steppe instead of a butte. 

Don't have maps that aren't labeled? Just print a few out in the school printing room, using the facility's CSL2700, and you'll be on your way to develop superb lessons!

 

 

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